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Geosynthetics article wins first-place gold

November 21st, 2014 / By: / Industry News



IFAI titles take top honors at magazine awards ceremony.

A Geosynthetics magazine article featuring the management of the pond and reservoir systems at the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station has earned a first-place gold award for Best Technical Article.

The article, which ran as the cover story in the October/November 2013 issue of Geosynthetics, was written by Chris Eichelberger and Gerald Hersh from American Environmental Group Ltd., and Shabbir Pittalwala from Arizona Public Service. It focused on the use of geosynthetic materials for water containment, reservoir construction, and design and reconstruction of the Arizona facility’s ponds and reservoirs.

The judges’ evaluation of the article stated:
Full of substance and perfectly suited to its target audience, this highly technical article was a surprisingly good read. Great images and visuals really complemented the story and sealed the gold for this entry.

The eight-page article, containing 10 photos and figures, was designed by Cathy Rose and edited by Ron Bygness, both with the publishing arm at the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) in Roseville, Minn.

IFAI magazines were among the most honored at the 18th annual Minnesota Magazine & Publishing Association Excellence Awards ceremony Nov. 13 in Minneapolis.

The Excellence Awards competition was created to recognize and foster outstanding publishing achievement. Winners were chosen by a panel of judges selected and assigned based on their expertise, experience, and ability to judge entries fairly.

IFAI publisher, Steve Schiffman, also took home the Greg Carey Leadership Award, which recognizes outstanding volunteer efforts to support the MMPA.

Of IFAI’s 11 magazine award entries, nine were cited, including five Gold, two Silver, and two Bronze:

Gold Awards:

  • Technical Article for Association/Business/Trade under 30,000
    Geosynthetics-“Geosynthetics: Managing nuclear power generation water supply”
  • IFAI Media Kit for all publications under 60,000
  • Feature Design for Association under 30,000
    Specialty Fabrics Review-“Supporting Disaster Relief”
  • Overall Design for Association/Education
    Specialty Fabrics Review
  • Overall Excellence
    Specialty Fabrics Review

Silver Awards:

  • Directory/All Publications under 60,000
    Fabric Architecture-Resource Guide 2014
  • Single-Topic Issue, Special Section or Special Supplement
    Fabric Architecture-Idea Guide 2014

Bronze Awards:

  • Feature Article/Association under 30,000
    Specialty Fabrics Review-“Potable and Portable”
  • Single-Topic Issue, Special Section, or Special Supplement
    Specialty Fabrics Review-“Shade Sales”

Source: IFAI, MMPA
The Industrial Fabrics Association International is the world’s leading and longest-running specialty fabrics trade organization since 1912, with more than 1,500 member companies located in 55 countries. IFAI publishes market-specific magazines and organizes global industry events.

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